Season 4 Episode 7

High Top Fade Out

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 25, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Gus' reunion with two members of his college a cappella quartet, with whom he's estranged, at the funeral of the fourth leads to a case for Shawn when they ask him to prove that "Diddle" was murdered.

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  • At least it had Boyz II Men.

    After a fairly average episode of Psych last week, this was even more of a mess. The storyline was all over the person and Jaleel White is just as annoying as he was on Family Matters. Kenan Thompson was funny, but that was to be expected, and it certainly was not enough to salvage this episode.

    The problem with Psych is that sometimes it just does not seem like they try, while in other episodes they go all out with a well-crafted mystery and some good jokes. This was the former. I mean, while I laughed at some stuff, there was nothing overly clever about Shawn or anybody else's jokes.moreless
  • Unimpressive..

    When SNL's Kenan Thompson does serious stuff, it's hard to take him at face value. That pretty much sums up what this episode is all about- doing something that is not representative of the show.

    Right from the first few minutes, it looked like Shawn and Gus were like never part of the investigation. Shawn doesn't actually do anything 'psychic-y' here, and the last scene where he finally figures a way to break the encryption was incredibly stupid. Gus' creepy way of flirting with the dead guy's girlfriend made the hair on my body stand. A very lackluster offering. Time to take it up a notch guys...moreless
  • Worst episode of the season so far. :(

    This episode was horrible. The only saving grace was Kenan because as juvenile as his jokes were, they were really funny. I have no idea what is going on with Jules but she acted like a jerk in that episode. Lassiter even acted meaner than usual. I don't get why Shawn and Gus were on this case and not working with the police at all. You wouldn't have even known Shawn was a fake psychic because he didn't have any "psychic episodes." Overall the case was really confusing.

    I don't know what is going on this season but past seasons were definately better than this. The writers need to get back to the old Psych formula that worked. Also the detectives need to be in it more but not acting the way they did in this episode. Psych needs to go back to Shawn annoying Lassiter and flirting with Jules but needs to stop the arguing and fighting. If something doesn't change this season may cause Psych to jump the shark.moreless
  • When Gus's college friend "Diddles" dies, he and Shawn suspect foul play.

    Not the strongest episode, certainly. By far the biggest problem, to me, was guest star Kenan Thompson. I grew up watching (reluctantly) him on Nickelodeon, and while he's graduated to adult comedy shows, his humor is still adolescent. Granted, he wasn't well-written, either; the writers way overplayed him as an idiot, and combined with Jaleel White's also poorly written (but better-acted) character, this episode was stolen by disappointing guest "stars."

    Shawn and Gus were still enjoyable, and their buddy-comedy routine crackled as usual. It was a great Gus episode overall, particularly watching him work his moves on the ladies. The interplay between Shawn and Juliet was also a highlight, especially when he mentions Abigail. Overall, not the worst episode, but it clearly would have been stronger if Tony Todd ("Candyman") had been the only guest.moreless
  • Hands down one of the best episodes this season.

    This was definitely one of the most funniest episodes this season. In this episode one of Gus' old college friends Diddle is killed and Gus is forced to reunite with two of his old friends from college whom he hates. The Jokes in this episode were nothing short of hilarious. It gets even funnier when it turns out that right before Diddles died he sent an email to Gus and the other two friends. Now they have a target on there back because the email had the details about a huge drug deal that was going down. So its up to Shawn and Gus to dress up as "American Ninjas" and save the day.moreless
Jaleel White

Jaleel White


Guest Star

Tony Todd

Tony Todd

Detective Moses Johnson

Guest Star

Ecstasia Sanders

Ecstasia Sanders


Guest Star

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank

Buzz McNab

Recurring Role

Kurt Fuller

Kurt Fuller

Coroner Woody Strode

Recurring Role

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Teen Flashback: This episode included an edited version of "Job Un-Fair," presented by MasterCard during the next-to-last commercial break which included the possible reason for Gus' career as a pharmaceutical rep (the full version was available at USA's PSYCH web site).

    • Psych-out: The cast, including Jaleel and Kenan, performs Ready for the World's "Oh Sheila."

    • Pineapple Spotting:

      According to the results of USA's weekly "Spot the Pineapple" Sweepstakes, there was no pineapple shown in this episode. However, in an early scene at the office there appears to be a water color-style rendition of Spongebob Squarepants' pineapple house in a picture seen several times behind Gus.

    • In the opening sequence Shawn is typing on a Commodore 64 computer which first came out in August 1982 and was very popular computer until the late 80's.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (4)


    • 1984

      One of Gus's former bandmates says that Diddle worked for a company that was "into some serious Big Brother ****," referencing George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    • Shawn: We told you guys that there's something rotten in Sweden.

      This is a play on a famous quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet. The original line was: "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." It was said by Marcellus in Act 1, scene 4.

    • Young Shawn: Hey, Dad, can I please get a home computer? Mrs. Phillips said it would help prepare me for the future.
      Henry: Shawn, get your head out of the clouds. Those things are just another passing fad – like rap music, Madonna and L.A. Law.
      The list is humorous not only because all of the things he listed were not passing fads, but also because L.A. Law is the show in which Corbin Bernsen starred as Arnie Becker.